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New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Signs Multi-Year Agreement with UnitedHealthcare

Sep 25, 2009

New York, NY

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) has signed an expanded, multi-year agreement with UnitedHealthcare. Under the new agreement, UnitedHealthcare and its Oxford Health Plan, as well as its Medicare and Medicaid (Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus) health plan participants will have in-network access to HHC’s 11 hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, and 80 community-based health centers.
“We are delighted that our contract with UnitedHealthcare and its affiliates will offer more New Yorkers access to care at all of HHC hospitals. Our entry into this vast network of commercial health insurance underscores our competitive, quality services and our recent significant achievements at the leading edge of patient safety, health information technology and chronic disease management,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “This new partnership also supports our work to further diversify our patient base and attract more referrals from the thousands of community physicians with whom we have forged relationships.”
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s hospitals – which are affiliated with all of the city’s major medical schools and comprise the largest municipal hospital system in the country – include six level 1 trauma centers, nine designated stroke centers, two regional perinatal centers, two burn centers and the only hospital in New York City to receive a “Baby-Friendly” breast-feeding achievement designation by the World Health Organization.
“We believe our health plan customers will appreciate greater access to NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, a group of public hospitals that scores exceedingly well on federally reported evidence-based quality standards for care,” said Dr. Sanford Cohen, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare’s northeast region. “This agreement underscores our belief that productive, collaborative relationships among physicians, hospitals and payers are an important step in ensuring more people have convenient access to cost-efficient care and in modernizing our nation’s health care system.”

Contact: Ian Michaels (HHC) (212) 788-3339

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of more than 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with approximately 590,000 physicians and care professionals and more than 4,900 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

The NYC Health + Hospitals health care system is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country, and one of the New York area’s largest providers of government-sponsored health insurance, MetroPlusHealth Health Plan, the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. The NYC Health + Hospitals health care system serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. The system provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. NYC Health + Hospitals/Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. The NYC Health + Hospitals system was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org or find us on https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.